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Maté drinking and oral and oro-pharyngeal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Drinking mate regularly may worsen an individual's risk of developing cancer in the mouth and oropharynx.

​Mate is a popular beverage in Latin America. This meta-analysis determined the role high dietary exposure to mate plays in the development of cancer of the mouth and oropharynx. Researchers evaluated results from 4 studies and over 2,000 participants. 

Researchers observed that high consumers of mate were more prone to develop oral and oropharyngeal cancer than rare or non-consumers of this beverage. A 16% increase in the risk of oral and oropharyngeal cancer was associated with regular drinking of mate in this study. The data from this study show that mate consumption may be a contributing factor to the high prevalence of cancer of the mouth and oropharynx in Latin America.

Research Summary Information

  • 2010
  • Dasanayake AP, Silverman AJ, Warnakulasuriya S.
  • New York University College of Dentistry, 250 Park Ave South, Room 646, New York, NY 10003, USA. anandaub@aol.com
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
The beverage maté: a risk factor for cancer of the...
Maté consumption and the risk of squamous cell eso...

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